Note: this edition of Pakistan Traveller has been superseded by the much-expanded 2017 edition. Click here for the launch of the new book.
Firstly I must begin this article by apologising for the profusion of “I’ve just launched X” posts lately. But to be honest I just can’t help myself, because I’m a little bit excited.
On the 23rd March 2015 I announced what I wished would be the beginning of a new era of hope for Pakistan;s tourism industry, with the official launch of Pakistan Traveller by UrbanDuniya, a travel guidebook for travellers to Pakistan’s more stable and tourist-friendly regions. I chose the date of the 23rd March with a purpose; Pakistan’s Republic Day is second only to Independence Day in terms of national celebratory fervour.
And so it is on 14th August, Pakistani Independence Day, that I have chosen to officially launch the paperback edition of Pakistan Traveller by UrbanDuniya. Available in markets around the world from US$39.99, the book’s launch as a paperback product is a moment that I had waited for. Always intended as a paperback rather than an e-book, Pakistan Traveller by UrbanDuniya is now available in the medium through which it can be truly utilised “on the road”.
Early sales figures have been promising, which I believe is a reflection of the book’s content which I have faith in; every word, image or map was laid by myself. My good friend and designer Nawaz Khan deserves a mention, as he worked magic with the vision for the cover and overall formatting. CreateSpace, a division of Amazon.com, has done a remarkable job in rendering the book as beautifully and professionally as it is; even I was blown away by the result. And finally, thank you to all those who have supported me and this project along the way; many of you are listed in the credits section of the book itself, many have purchased the book, and more still simply know who they are.
So where to from here? The Pakistan Traveller by UrbanDuniya website will continue to be maintained and provide up-to-date information for travellers to Paksitan. I have already begun considerations and some preliminary work for a second edition of the book, but you’ll just have to wait to see when and what shape it will take.
Last year my gift to celebrate Pakistan’s 67th year of independence was a Love Letter to Pakistan, translated into Urdu for all to enjoy. This year my gift is not so much for the people of Pakistan, but for the wider world to discover and enjoy.
Welcome to Pakistan. I hope you love it as much as I do.